I was pleasantly surprised to locate a column (Heads & Tails) reserved for animal rights in Kashmir Observer. It is an uncommon feature in newspapers published in the Moslem world even though Islam lays lot of emphasis on animal rights.
I often read and hear about animal abuse. I do not understand why people hurt animals when they have not done anything wrong. Animal cruelty is such a common act and it is not acceptable. How we treat our animals says a lot about us. We must stop this ridiculous and selfish behaviour. It is good that laws are changing to protect the innocent animals and that some people are speaking out for the ones that cannot speak. I think it is time to educate people and our children regarding the connection between animal cruelty and violence in society. People need to think about how they would want to be treated if the tables were turned. This is a humble request to all the people who abuse animals: love and respect them. How can we hate these beautiful creatures? Animals also feel pain and suffering, and I believe that these perverted acts are worse than human cruelty.
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